Katherine Gallo actively involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a court-appointed Special Master, Discovery Referee and Private Mediator in Northern California since 1994.
Ms. Gallo is an expert in complex discovery issues, and has served as a court appointed or party selected private Discovery Referee or Special Master in over 200 hotly litigated and/or class action matters concerning business, construction defect (including lines and construction operations losses), insurance, employment (including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims), elder abuse, real property (including eminent domain, easements, and commissions), Lemon Law, personal injury and family law, many with multiple party litigants. Well known to the judiciary, her court appointments in complex matters have come from the Superior Courts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Sonoma.
Ms. Gallo is known for her extensive discovery seminars, in house discovery training, and go-to articles on the discovery process.
As a mediator or pro-tem judge she has a proven track record of success, including an over 90% settlement rate in mediation and settlement matters in the areas of Real Property (including eminent domain, easements and commissions), Personal Injury,
Product Liability, Elder Abuse, Construction Defect (including liens and construction operations losses), Employment (wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage and hour claims), Professional Malpractice, Business and Commercial Disputes and Lemon Law.
Katherine takes pride in accomplishing the parties’ and the courts’ objectives with regard to impartiality, timeliness and accuracy.
University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law JD 1986
University of California at Irvine BA Political Science 1981
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
Alameda County Bar Association
San Mateo County Bar Association
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Italian American Bar Association
California Women Lawyers
Member of California Academy of Distinquished Neutrals